For the Record - Shenandoah Valley

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Broadway purchased a tract of land on the town’s Main Street to convert into a green space and home for the seasonal farmers market, which runs from May to October. The $175,000 cost is offset by a $99,000 grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture. (Daily News Record)

CarMax, a retailer of used cars based in Henrico County, bought the site of the former Dallas Hollar Ford on South Main Street in Harrisonburg for $2.9 million. It will become the company’s first operation in the Shenandoah Valley.  (Daily News Record)

The Front Royal Independent Business Alliance was launched in early March and is now accepting membership applications. The alliance was formed by a group of five individuals, after they found out about the American Independent Business Alliance’s movement to support local businesses. The American Independent Business Alliance is involved in more than 80 towns and cities in 39 states, according to Craig Laird, owner of Royal Oak Computers and a founder of the alliance. (Northern Virginia Daily)

George’s Inc., an Arkansas-based processor of poultry products, began the last phase of a $10 million expansion at its Harrisonburg facility. A 7,000-square-foot chicken freezer will be in place by summer, allowing the company to begin a new line of frozen chicken parts. Expansion plans include the addition of as many as 50 workers by September.  (Daily News Record)

Honda of Harrisonburg won the President’s Award from American Honda Motor Co., the company’s highest honor for excellence in service, for the sixth year in a row. The award was presented to 144 of the roughly 1,000 Honda dealers across the country.  (Daily News Record)

Site Selection magazine rated the Staunton, Waynesboro, Augusta County area as the 13th-best local economy among the country’s small urban areas. The rankings are based on economic development and job creation. (News Leader)

Waynesboro was designated as an Appalachian Trail Community by the Appalachian Trail Conservancy. The award honors communities along the Georgia-to-Maine trail that promote awareness of the AT. Waynesboro has begun efforts to boost tourism and greenway initiatives to encourage awareness of its outdoor opportunities. (News Leader)

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